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South Korea, US conduct military drills despite Pyongyang threats

South Korea and the United States wrapped up their annual large-scale military drills on Sunday, but continued a separate joint naval exercise that has triggered ...

China 'putting pressure' on North Korea: Trump

Donald Trump thinks Chinese President Xi Jinping is "putting pressure" on North Korea, the US president said in an interview to air Sunday, as tensions ...

'Godfather' cast members reunite at New York film fest

Cast members of "The Godfather" movies were reunited in Manhattan, nearly half a century after the first of the legendary mafia films hit theaters. American ...

Trump cuts spark fears of global tax war

Donald Trump's plans to slash corporate taxes in the United States have sparked concerns of a new global fiscal race to the bottom, possibly involving ...

Macron, Le Pen offer sharp contrast in visions for France

The battle to become France's next president boils down to a sharp clash of contrasting visions. In one corner is centrist Emmanuel Macron, with his ...

Italy's Renzi likely to win Democratic Party election

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi was Sunday poised to win the leadership of Italy's ruling Democratic Party (PD) in a primary election, propelling him ...

Fort McMurray recovery from 2016 forest fire plods along

A few late-season snowflakes flutter over Fort McMurray, their whiteness contrasting against surrounding forests blackened one year ago by the most destructive wildfire in Canadian ...

Trump hails first 100 days in office, says 'battles' ahead

Donald Trump hailed a "very productive" first 100 days as America's president, telling a roaring crowd of supporters other "great battles" ahead would be won. ...

Opposition presses for fresh marches in Venezuela

A top Venezuelan opposition figure called on Saturday for more marches aimed at taking back the courts and the National Electoral Council that he said ...

Turkey blocks Wikipedia access, bans TV dating shows

Turkey on Saturday blocked all access to Wikipedia and banned television dating shows, adding to fears of a crackdown after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's victory ...

Pope in Egypt rejects fanaticism, urges charity

Pope Francis rejected fanaticism and appealed for charity on Saturday as he addressed thousands of faithful during a visit to Egypt to promote reconciliation with ...

Judge orders Arkansas to conduct autopsy on executed inmate

A federal judge has ordered the Arkansas authorities to conduct an autopsy on the body of an executed inmate whose lawyer described his death as ...

Brazil's indigenous tribes protest against land theft

Fed up with endless encroachment on their ancestral lands, leaders of Brazil's many indigenous tribes went to the capital Brasilia to speak out this week. ...

Pope lifts spirits of Egypt's persecuted Christians

For a minority devastated by a series of church bombings that killed dozens of Christians, it was a chance for a rare joyous respite. Despite ...

Le Pen announces eurosceptic PM pick, if she wins

Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen announced Saturday that she would name a eurosceptic from outside her National Front party as prime minister if she captures ...

Burundi refugees find hope in 'at home' bar in Rwanda

Outside Rwanda's national stadium is a bar that has become a second home for Burundian refugees fleeing their country's two-year-old political crisis. The clues are ...

Southeast Asia faces 'massive' drugs menace: Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Southeast Asian leaders Saturday they were facing a "massive" illegal drug menace that could destroy their societies, as he called ...

Thai family buries baby murdered on Facebook Live

Tearful relatives gathered outside a Thai temple on Saturday to bury an 11-month-old girl killed by her father in a harrowing murder he broadcast live ...

Pope tells Egypt mass that dialogue can battle extremism

Pope Francis appealed for dialogue to battle extremism as he addressed thousands of faithful on Saturday during a visit to Egypt to promote reconciliation with ...

EU leaders agree tough Brexit stance

EU leaders unanimously backed a tough Brexit strategy at a summit on Saturday, demanding a "serious response" from Britain on the rights of European citizens ...

Thousands of Egypt Catholics gather for Pope mass

Thousands of Egyptian Catholics waving the colours of the Vatican flag gathered amid tight security Saturday in a Cairo stadium where Pope Francis was to ...

Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia over 'terror' claims

Turkey on Saturday blocked all access inside the country to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia reportedly for articles claiming links between Ankara and terror groups, the ...

US Marines return to Afghanistan's volatile Helmand

US Marines returned to Afghanistan's volatile Helmand Saturday, where American troops faced heated fighting until NATO's combat mission ended in 2014, as embattled Afghan security ...

Trump touts first 100 days despite widespread criticism

Donald Trump is celebrating his first 100 days in the White House on Saturday as one of the most successful in US history despite widespread ...

What the EU wants: Brexit guidelines

Twenty-seven EU leaders will formally meet without Britain for the first time on Saturday to rubberstamp their guidelines for Brexit negotiations. Here are the key ...

Three charged over 2015 Paris attacks: judicial source

Three people have been charged with supplying arms to jihadists who staged deadly attacks in 2015 on a Jewish supermarket in Paris and the Charlie ...

N.Korea fires missile, defying US push for new sanctions

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile Saturday in apparent defiance of a concerted US push for tougher international sanctions to curb Pyongyang's nuclear weapons ambitions. ...

In new Gorillaz album, dark political vision comes true

Creating the latest album of his virtual band Gorillaz, Damon Albarn had what he considered a dark, sci-fi vision -- Donald Trump as president of ...

Trump rallies NRA 'friends' on eve of 100-day milestone

Ninety-nine days into office President Donald Trump rallied his "friends" from the National Rifle Association on Friday, telling the hugely powerful US gun lobby the ...

US Congress averts shutdown, passing stopgap spending bill

The US Congress easily passed a one-week stopgap spending bill Friday, assuring there is no embarrassing government shutdown on the 100th day of Donald Trump's ...

Hollande's ex Trierweiler writes novel about 'torrid affair'

The ex-girlfriend of French President Francois Hollande, Valerie Trierweiler -- whose tell-all memoir was a sensation -- will publish her first novel next month about ...

French journalists accuse Le Pen's party of curbing access

Journalists' representatives at more than 30 French media outlets have signed a petition protesting against what they termed restricted access to far-right presidential candidate Marine ...

France's wartime past intrudes into election race

France's wartime past took centre stage in the presidential race on Friday, with far-right hopeful Marine Le Pen's party scrambling to stamp out a controversy ...

Pope Francis lands in Egypt in push for 'fraternity'

Pope Francis landed in the Egyptian capital on Friday to promote "unity and fraternity" with Muslims and Christians, who have suffered a series of jihadist ...

US doesn't rule out direct talks with North Korea: Tillerson

The United States is not ruling out direct dialogue with North Korea on its nuclear program, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in an interview ...

'Hellsinki' paints tribute to rock band Kiss

It's called "Hellsinki" for a reason: Finland's heavy metal fans on Friday placed masks on four giant statues in the capital city to honour hard ...

EU's Mogherini says still wants Turkey to join

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Friday that accession talks with Turkey have not been halted and she still wants it to join, if ...

Erdogan sees 'new page' in Turkey-US ties under Trump

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan voiced confidence Friday that he and Donald Trump can open a "new page" in troubled Turkey-US ties when they meet next ...

Pope Francis pleads for 'holy' peace during Egypt visit

Pope Francis pleaded for peace in a visit to Egypt on Friday as he attended a service in solidarity with the embattled Coptic minority at ...

EU leaders to unite behind Brexit demands

European Union leaders will give an unprecedented show of unity at a summit in Brussels on Saturday as they adopt tough guidelines for two years ...

New TV show mocking Trump enters crowded satire market

The explosive dawn of the Donald Trump presidency is energizing comedians and satirists as TV ratings boom, shows proliferate and top talents vie to portray ...

Bangladeshi girl with three legs 'walks, runs' after Australia surgery

A toddler born with three legs -- because body parts of a twin had grown inside her -- was returning home to Bangladesh Friday after ...

Barclays bank says one-off charges hit Q1 bottom line

British bank Barclays, whose chief executive faces a regulatory probe, said Friday that first-quarter net profits sank by more than half on a large impairment ...

'Horrifying' execution of US inmate: lawyer

The last of four US prisoners rushed to death by the state of Arkansas after intense legal battles, jerked and convulsed in a "horrifying" end ...

All-cash business a headache for the marijuana industry

America's cannabis industry may be booming, but its entrepreneurs are finding the all-cash business a logistical, security and administrative headache as they try to manage ...

Global press freedom at 13-year low: survey

Global press freedom has hit a 13-year low, threatened by US President Donald Trump's media bashing and restrictions pursued by both democratic and authoritarian governments, ...

Seoul rejects Trump demand it pays for missile system

Seoul on Friday brushed aside US President Donald Trump's suggestion it should pay for a $1 billion missile defence system the two allies are installing ...

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan taking TED to India TV

Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan charmed a TED Conference crowd Thursday, sharing his life and playfully portraying himself as an aging movie star grappling with ...

All eyes on Philippines' gum-chewing, cursing Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hosts Southeast Asian leaders this week, and there is much interest in how the popular politician who boasts about not being ...

Rap, a universal language, in service of endangered ones

Rap has been called a universal language -- but it can also be a tool to preserve languages at risk. In small communities around the ...

Suspect jihadists admit being at Brussels airport during attack

Two suspected jihadists arrested in Spain have admitted being in Brussels airport at the time of the deadly March 2016 attack but deny involvement, a ...

Prehistoric human DNA is found in caves without bones

International scientists have uncovered prehistoric human DNA from caves without bones, an advance that could shed new light on human history and evolution. The study ...

US presses China in North Korea sanctions drive

The United States on Friday pushed for tougher sanctions to confront the North Korean nuclear threat, piling pressure on China to act while warning it ...

Woman shot by police in London anti-terror raid

A woman was shot by police in London during an anti-terror raid on Thursday following an intelligence operation, the city's Metropolitan Police said. The woman ...

Violence erupts as protesters storm Macedonia parliament

Demonstrators stormed Macedonia's parliament Thursday and attacked MPs, including the opposition leader, in protest against a vote for a new parliamentary speaker. Zoran Zaev, who ...

Venezuela defies international powers, Trump weighs in

Venezuela defied international pressure over its deadly political crisis as European lawmakers accused its government of "brutal repression" and US President Donald Trump called the ...

There are aliens out there says director Ridley Scott

"Alien" creator Ridley Scott said Thursday that he was convinced that there are aliens out there -- and one day they will come for us. ...

British police arrest knifeman near Houses of Parliament

Police swooped on a man armed with knives metres away from the Houses of Parliament in London on Thursday, arresting him on suspicion of preparing ...

Homeless Girl Scouts highlight NY housing crisis

The Girl Scouts who meet every Friday in a New York hotel could be any other American youngsters learning life skills, but with one crucial ...

Le Pen says voters must choose 'for or against' France

Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen delivered a ferocious attack Thursday on her globalist rival Emmanuel Macron, saying voters faced a choice "for or against ...

Former Soviet ballet defector Baryshnikov granted Latvian citizenship

Renowned ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov received his Latvian passport on Thursday, decades after defecting to the United States from the Baltic state while it was ...

Israeli missiles hit near Damascus airport: Syria state media

A huge blast which struck near Damascus airport early on Thursday was caused by Israeli missiles hitting a "military position", Syria's state SANA news agency ...

Tributes for Taiwanese trekker lost in Nepal tragedy

A Taiwanese trekker is recovering in hospital after rescuers found him and his dead girlfriend on a mountainside in Nepal where they were stranded for ...

Merkel, May draw Brexit battle lines

Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday accused the other 27 EU countries of lining up to oppose Britain over Brexit after Germany's Angela Merkel said ...

'Huge' explosion near Damascus Airport: monitor

A massive explosion struck near Damascus International Airport early on Thursday setting off large fires, a monitoring group said, without specifying the cause. The blast ...

Syria accuses Israel of strike near Damascus airport

Syria accused Israel of firing several missiles Thursday at a military position near Damascus airport, triggering a huge explosion and prompting a call from regime ...

Afghan strongman shelters former Taliban insurgents

An Afghan strongman is giving sanctuary to Taliban fighters and their families who had sought haven across the border in Pakistan, building on a radical ...

Thai mother saw daughter's Facebook Live murder

The distraught Thai mother of a baby girl killed by her boyfriend in a murder he broadcast on Facebook Live has described the harrowing moment ...

Vinegar offers hope in Barrier Reef starfish battle

Coral-munching crown-of-thorns starfish can be safely killed by common household vinegar, scientists revealed Thursday in a discovery that offers hope for Australia's struggling Great Barrier ...

US vows to force N.Korea back to nuclear talks

The United States pledged Wednesday to step up sanctions to force North Korea to resume dialogue over its nuclear program, but said it was not ...

Syria Kurds, Turks clash in wake of deadly air raids

Fighting erupted on Wednesday along Syria's northeastern border between Turkish forces and Kurdish militiamen, as tensions boiled over in the aftermath of deadly Turkish air ...

Firebrand pundit Ann Coulter cancels UC Berkeley talk

Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter on Wednesday canceled a planned appearance at the University of California, Berkeley, saying she had lost the backing of the groups ...

'Best feeling in world' as Sharapova wins on return

Maria Sharapova marked her return from a 15-month doping ban on Wednesday with a rusty 7-5, 6-3 win over Roberta Vinci in Stuttgart, describing victory ...

Oscar-winning 'Silence of the Lambs' director dies

Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of "The Silence of the Lambs" whose four-decade career spanned a staggering array of work from romantic comedy and rock ...

12 dead in Venezuelan prison clash

An outbreak of violence between rival gangs at a prison in eastern Venezuela has left 12 dead and 11 injured, the government said Wednesday. A ...

20 killed in clashes in DR Congo's Kasai region: UN

Twenty people died in ethnic clashes last week in the troubled central Kasai region of Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations said Wednesday. The ...

Iraqi forces seize ancient site of Hatra from IS

Iraqi forces seized the UNESCO-listed ancient site of Hatra from the Islamic State group Wednesday, the latest archaeological jewel to be wrested from the jihadists' ...

China urges end to US-S.Korea military exercises

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged an end to US-South Korean military manoeuvres Wednesday as well as a stop to North Korea's nuclear programme to ...

Celebrity's giant rabbit dies on United Airlines flight

United Airlines was under fire again Wednesday after a huge rabbit named Simon died while hopping over from London to Chicago, where he was due ...

France's Macron gets rough ride in Le Pen country

French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron vowed Wednesday not to "yield a centimetre" to Marine Le Pen after being booed and heckled with chants backing his ...

Turkey detains 1,000 in new anti-Gulen crackdown

Turkey on Wednesday detained more than 1,000 people in a huge new crackdown against alleged supporters of a cleric accused of orchestrating the coup bid ...

France says has proof Syria regime launched 'chemical attack'

French intelligence services have scientific proof that the Syrian regime was responsible for a suspected chemical attack that killed 88 people, France's foreign minister said ...

Thai media rebuked over Facebook live of child murder

Thai media came under fire Wednesday for publishing images of a man killing his infant daughter in a Facebook Live video, a grim case that ...

Venezuela snubs regional powers as more die in unrest

Venezuela says it is quitting the Organization of American States in anger at pressure from the bloc over the government's handling of a deadly political ...

Media 'never under so much threat', says watchdog

Press freedom has never been as threatened as it is now, in the "new post-truth era of fake news" after the election of US President ...

Trump looks to lift protections on America's vast nature preserves

After moving to unstitch climate change rules, US President Donald Trump is turning his sights on America's vast nature preserves, with a view to possibly ...

Traces of death at Afghan base attacked by Taliban

The green mosque in the Afghan military compound attacked by Taliban militants is scarred -- disfigured by bullet holes, blast marks and with blood splattered ...

Polanski victim lashes out at US prosecutors

The woman raped by filmmaker Roman Polanski in 1977 when she was a teen lashed out at prosecutors in the case on Tuesday, accusing them ...

May hosts EU leaders as Brexit positions harden

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday holds her first talks with key EU Brexit negotiators, as the bloc hardens its position ahead of a ...

In Mexico City, water a rare commodity

In a teeming, hardscrabble neighborhood on the outskirts of Mexico City, Virginia Solis spends a big part of her day hauling sloshing buckets to her ...

Health care visionary from Liberia wins coveted TED prize

Raj Panjabi, who fled to the United States to escape civil war in his native Liberia, eventually returned to his shattered homeland to find rural ...

China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier: media

China has launched its first domestically designed and built aircraft carrier, state media said Wednesday, as the country seeks to transform its navy into a ...

Baby whales 'whisper' to mothers to avoid predators: study

Newborn humpback whales and their mothers whisper to each other to escape potential predators, scientists reported Wednesday, revealing the existence of a previously unknown survival ...

Manchester United drumbeat booms for flagging Guardiola

Jose Mourinho has an opportunity to score a seismic victory over his old foe Pep Guardiola when his Manchester United side visit misfiring Manchester City ...

US judge blocks Trump order on sanctuary cities

A US judge on Tuesday blocked an executive order by President Donald Trump that could deny billions of dollars to so-called sanctuary cities as punishment ...

US missile defence equipment reaches S.Korea site

US troops began delivering a missile defence system that has infuriated China to a deployment site in South Korea, amid heightened tensions over the North's ...

Madonna angered by unauthorized biopic

Madonna voiced anger Tuesday over news that a Hollywood studio plans an unauthorized biopic of her early years in New York struggling to break into ...

Shutdown threat ebbs as Trump relents on wall funding

Donald Trump and US lawmakers inched closer to a deal on Tuesday avoiding a government shutdown, as the president, eager to showcase a win marking ...

Sweden jails trio for Facebook livestream gang rape

A Swedish court on Tuesday sentenced three young men to prison for gang raping a woman and livestreaming the attack on Facebook. Reza Mohammed Ahmadi, ...

Defying crackdown, Venezuelans stage new march

Venezuelan protesters planned a new march Wednesday against President Nicolas Maduro, defying his government despite the deaths of more than 25 people in an increasingly ...

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